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To: johnnyBbad
The first shot of the war was the shooting death of Serb civilian Nikola Gardovic on March 1, 1992 in the old town section of Sarajevo during a wedding procession where he was carrying the Yugoslav flag (he was the father of the groom). He was shot by Ramiz Delalic "Celo", deputy commander of the 9th Brigade in the Muslim controlled army.

Had you ever heard of "Celo" before?

What about Musan Topalovic "Caco", who was commander of the Tenth Mountain Brigade of the Army of Bosnia-Hercegovia?

Are you familiar with the name Jusuf Prazina?

All these men are accused for atocities against Serb civilians in Sarajevo - and elsewhere - including running torture/death camps throughout Sarajevo, beheading and throwing the bodies in a gorge called Kazani, and more.

These men were praised by Izetbegovic, including on TV. They were hardened criminals and ex-cons in the years before the war and Izetbegovic put them in charge.

After they had done their dirty work in the areas of Sarajevo and elsewhere which Muslims controlled, Izetbegovic sought to distance himself and make the army more professional - so he fought them and/or had them arrested, killed and/or demoted. There were internal fights among the Muslims in the arrests.

This how witness Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Bergeron of the Canadian Armed Forces testified at the Hague about the arrests of Celo and Caco in 1993:

JUDGE EL MAHDI: [Interpretation] Yes. Thank you. Just a slight clarification, please. This is in relation to what you said. During the effort of the army, or rather the command of the army, of the Presidency army, to have an effective command and control on some of their factions inside their troops, you spoke of some exchange of fire which took place between units of the army of the Presidency and some groups, and that this had caused some civilian victims. How long did it last, this operation? Was this a one-day or two-day operation or did this go on for months?

A. Well, from what we knew about it or, rather, the most important, the most famous that we could see the effects on the ground itself, this operation must have lasted about 48, 72 hours. This operation took away Celo and Caco. As far as I remember, this was an operation, 72 hours.

JUDGE EL MAHDI: [Interpretation] However, this operation did cause some civilian deaths?

A. There were losses, I know, but I don't know how many. I don't know the details.


50 posted on 07/18/2005 1:57:52 PM PDT by joan
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To: joan

Ah yes I've heard that story as well.

Apparently a shooting at a Sarajevo wedding party is grounds for surrounding and shelling the city for four years.

It bears repeating: the Serb tendency to lash out was the best weapon her enemies had.


52 posted on 07/18/2005 2:08:19 PM PDT by johnnyBbad
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